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A state election investigator is trying to determine whether a Swain County voting drive targeting the poor and elderly crossed the line from exceptionally ambitious to improper.
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

A hard day’s work

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On Earth’s Furrowed Brow: The Appalachian Farm in Photographs by Tim Barnwell. W. W. Norton, 2007. 224 pages. For a…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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A Homecoming, Of Sorts (whilst never leaving Main Street) I’ve lived in WNC for nearly four years now. I’ve written…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Taking steps in the right direction

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By Chris Cooper If a band stays together long enough, it’ll probably morph into something a little beyond its starting…
By Michael Beadle There’s a dance of light in a work of glass. Move around the piece and it changes…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Open space requirement set at 25 percent

How much open space should be required in new developments? That question has caused the most contention among Jackson County planning board members over the past four months as they have hammered out a revolutionary array of new development regulations.
The General Assembly is considering a bill that could solve a Catch 22 in election law: how to legitimately help nursing home patients vote without creating a climate ripe for abuse.
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Ghost Town re-opens

After being closed for five years, a North Carolina icon, Ghost Town In The Sky, is re-opening on May 25.
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Fun Facts about Ghost Town

• Ghost Town in the Sky first opened its doors to the public in June 1961. Construction began in September 1960, with the extensive removal of 70 feet from the mountain top for the western townsite. Thousands of yards of…
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

History of Ghost Town in the Sky

Businessman R. B. Coburn, who was inspired to build a park with a western theme after visiting several ghost towns in the American West, conceived Ghost Town in the Sky.
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

Ghost Town goes silver screen

Dean Teaster’s Ghost Town “The Movie” will premiere at the Eaglenest Entertainment Center in Maggie Valley at 7 p.m. on June 2.
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 00:00

The mountain rhodo show

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Rhododendrons are a part of the heath family (Ericaceae), which includes such diverse members in regard to size and habitat…
By Michael Beadle Before you ask the most obvious question – why? – remember, it’s not a race or a…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

The Naturalist's Corner: Fuel for thought

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Biofuels have been getting a lot of media and blogosphere attention lately, and with the price of gas at $3…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

A surprising reminder of a common bond

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By Stephanie Wampler One morning in early spring, I woke up before anyone else and went out on my porch.…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

Park Service opinion could seal road’s fate

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The road, it appears, stops here. Now, elected leaders and citizens must demand a timetable for the $52 million settlement…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

I’m sorry for all the impotence ads

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By John Armor • Guest Columnist There are certain categories of ads on TV which offend me, and no doubt…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

Just looking around

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I’m rediscovering that it’s good to just slip out of the office and amble around town for a few minutes.…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

What they’re saying

“It’s well past time to bury this boondoggle and resolve the issue in this positive way for the park and the people. The ‘Road to Nowhere’ has been a dark cloud over the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the…
A group of Realtors and developers challenging the legality of Jackson County’s five-month moratorium on new subdivisions lost the first round in court Thursday (May 24).
The National Park Service has finally chosen sides in the long-standing debate over whether to build a 30-mile road through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park backcountry outside Bryson City.
A long-range plan to make Cherokee a friendlier place to walk, visit and shop moved forward last week with the dedication of a quarter-mile section of a proposed three-mile greenway.
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

Another look at Wolfe

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Thomas Wolfe: An Illustrated Biography by Ted Mitchell. Pegasus Books, 2007. 341 pages. Thirty-three years ago this month, at the…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

Recommended diversions

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Memorial Day with a soldier He’s just a kid, 23 year old I think, dating one of my young cousins.…
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 00:00

Good music for nice people

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By Chris Cooper John Prine and Mac Wiseman: Standard Songs For Average People John Prine just sounds like a nice…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer With vigorous hip pops and shimmies, members of the Sidra bellydancing group are sending…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:11

Taking God out of schools was mistake

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To the Editor: Just over five weeks ago a mentally disturbed 19-year-old young man went into a school in Connecticut…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:11

Jackson should not sell out to developers

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To the Editor: Thank you for your excellent reporting on the consideration to a change in the development rules in…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 15:09

Majoring in philosophy? More power to you

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Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is trying to temper disparaging remarks he made early last week about the value of a…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:57

Zombie lore, one bite at a time

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If you are literate and moderately aware of what passes for entertainment in film, popular novels and comics, then you…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:54

Oil lamps have long history of lighting the way

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Surprisingly, a recent column about wood-burning cookstoves attracted as much attention as anything I’ve written for years. Folks who live…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:36

Local fisherman lands silver at championships

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Angler and Sylva native Josh Stephens recently earned a silver medal in team competition during the National Fly Fishing Championship…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:34

Donation will go to Smokies priorities

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Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park was recently awarded $2,000 from Sustainability for Generations to Come, a Western North…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:30

Farmers get a helping hand with diversification grants

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28 Western North Carolina farmers received nearly $150,000 total in grants to help diversify their farm businesses. The money was…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:30

Fees proposed for forest service recreation sites

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The U.S. Forest Service may increase, or begin charging, fees at seven recreation sites within the national forests in North…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:27

Hops finds a home in WNC soil and economy

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A free program on “The Business of Growing Hops” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:26

The Rainbow to Nowhere?

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What happens when you finally get to the end of the rainbow and there’s no gold in the pot? Perusing…
Although the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a protected expanse of land, all types of contamination — from air…
Before a crowded room of town officials this week, Jackson County Commissioner Jack Debnam announced, in so many words, what many already knew: the county’s economic development committee in its previous form was dead and never coming back.
It’s a right of passage for teens, the Holy Grail of high school, an iconic symbol of young adulthood freedom — that tiny piece of plastic called a driver’s license.
The recurring deluge of heavy rains has brought paddlers out of hibernation and onto Western North Carolina rivers over the past few weeks.
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:08

HCC plans Entrepreneurship Week activities

Haywood Community College will celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week Feb. 16-23 with a week-long schedule of events. The events will allow HCC to highlight the college’s strengths in the areas of entrepreneurship, sustainability and creativity. The following events are planned: •…
Federal regulators temporarily suspended operations at Cherokee bear zoo and fined its owners $5,000 for repeated animal welfare violations.
A Macon County commissioner, who prides himself on fiscal conservatism, has been staking out his positions lately. After questioning the virtue of pay raises for Macon County workers two weeks ago, Commissioner Ron Haven has turned his attention to another…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:02

Sylva teacher wins statewide teaching award

Deanne Oppermann, a chemistry instructor at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, is the recipient of the R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Award for 2012-2013 by the North Carolina Community College System. Oppermann is known at SCC for embracing multiple teaching…
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 14:01

Blue Ridge Heritage signage to make its debut

Ten years after the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area won federal designation, themed signs tying together 65 attractions throughout the mountains will finally be installed this year.
A $93 million family adventure park in Cherokee would likely turn a profit during its first year of operation, according to early projections from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ finance department.
Increased demand for Meals on Wheels services and daily meals for low-income seniors in Jackson County have led to a budget shortfall for the programs.
Whether it’s a new dad catching a breather after his wife’s marathon labor or a grief-stricken daughter who just watched her mother slip away in her arms, overwhelmed hospital visitors sometimes need to escape.
Nightlife in Waynesville’s downtown Frog Level district is brighter thanks to the addition of new lampposts along its two main streets.